Meg Ryan Cast as the Narrator in ‘How I Met Your Dad’

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Meg Ryan to Narrate How I Met Your Dad Meg Ryan Cast as the Narrator in How I Met Your Dad

How I Met Your Mother‘s highly-anticipated series finale may have been divisive among viewers and critics alike, but the show will certainly be remembered fondly by a large portion of fans who followed Ted Mosby’s search for love from beginning to end. Along with the endless supply of fun flashbacks, signature motifs and Barney Stinson catchphrases, fans will undoubtedly highlight the cast’s chemistry and the story’s memorable – yet sometimes unreliable – narrator (voiced by comedian Bob Saget) when reminiscing about the series.

While always offscreen and mostly unnoticed, Saget’s contributions to the show’s tone and humor were still significant. Considering this, the folks behind the scenes of the show’s upcoming spinoff, How I Met Your Dad, knew that casting the storytelling voice of their mother character would require a serious search – a search that ended this week with 1990s rom-com star Meg Ryan joining the cast as its narrator.

Neither CBS nor 20th Century FOX Television made an immediate comment regarding the casting, but The Wrap is confirming that Ryan has secured the role as the voice of the (older) mother, while Greta Gerwig – as previously reported – will portray the younger version. Gerwig is also on board to produce alongside HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

Like its predecessor’s final episode, news of CBS’ pickup of the How I Met Your Dad pilot has been met with some surprised reactions, and it’s possible Ryan’s casting as the show’s future mom will do the same. Though Ryan has starred in some of the most popular romantic comedies in the past few decades (When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, to name a couple), she has made very few film and TV appearances in the last five years.

Of course, the voice role will require much less involvement for Ryan, but if the show captures just a modicum of the success HIMYM enjoyed for nine seasons, she will certainly become an integral ingredient of the series’ comedic flavor.

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While we can assume that flavor will mirror that of HIMYM – especially with Bays and Thomas involved – the show will also attempt to create its own perspective on love with all-new characters. Here’s a brief synopsis for the upcoming pilot:

“The pilot stars Greta Gerwig as Sally, a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life. She has just figured out that she has nothing in common with her husband of less than a year. A breakup is inevitable, but Sally will find a solid circle of support in her friends and family, who are often too willing to give ‘good’ advice that can backfire badly. Meanwhile, Sally must filter out the input and decide what’s best for her.”

We all know spinoffs are often met with trepidation and skepticism, but this seems to be especially true when the spinoff is born from a successful and popular series that has just ended its nearly decade-long run with a much-debated finale.

Does Ryan’s casting put you more or less at ease? Or were you already gung-ho for How I Met Your Dad? Let us know in the comments.


Stay tuned for more updates on How I Met Your Dad as they come in.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. What does it matter? She dies at the end anyways :(

    • I believe it’s going to be with a new set of characters and not connected to How I Met Your Mother.

    • Yes. As the article points out, new main character. Also, The Mother of HIMYM was never married. Also, spoilers for those who have never seen.

      • Yes they were. There was an episode where they had a quick, small wedding, it was after they had been together 7 years and had the 2 kids.

  2. One word to describe this show. Ehhh. I don’t think this spin off will work. I see another That 80′s Show situation.

  3. Let me guess, if it gets a series finale, the big reveal will be the kids’ dad is dead, and the mom has been telling her kids the story just trying to get their blessing to ask out their Uncle Robin.

  4. FAIL. How I met your mother has run it’s course, probably over extended it’s welcome by a season or two. So, some genius has the idea to give us more of exactly the same formula.

  5. See..All I know, is that the first few seasons of HIMYM were pretty damn good. It tapered off…was mediocre for a long time…and the finale was pretty dumb. However, the first few seasons…were great. So I’m willing to give the creators the benefit of the doubt..Also, Meg Ryan is awesome..

  6. It’s just a bad idea that they are continuing with this spin off. The finale for HIMYM pretty much ruined any chance for this spin off to have any kind of success. When it was first announced I knew soo many people who were going to check it out because they liked HIMYM but since that finale they have vowed to not watch anything connected to that show or it’s creators/writers. The shows writers will have a lot of making up to do to gain a lot of those fans back

    • Which is weird because Chuck Lorre’s shows still have millions of viewers yet none of them are actually funny, it’s just the same formula too (several social outcasts getting by in the world with hilarious results).

      I’d watch HIMYD if it sounded any good but it’s just too similar to HIMYM. I didn’t mind the finale though because I always knew it would be about Robin and actually thought it was a perfect, sweet ending with Ted finally getting another chance with the love of his life.

      • I didn’t mind Ted ending up with Robin. It felt like it was the perfect match. My whole thing is the final season as a whole. The finale, for me, made the final season overall seem like a bunch of filler episodes and a waste. If they planned on going the Robin route this whole them then they could have focused on other stories in the final season rather than the 48 hours of a wedding that really had no big importance other than meeting the mother

  7. she needs all the work she can get where no one has to look at her messed up face…

  8. I’ll hold off judgement on the show until i actually see it. TV has a history of failed spin-offs but i think this is trying to keep the format while telling a completely different story. Its too early to say this looks good or bad, but i’m a fan of the original series so i’ll give this a chance.

    Can we change the title though? The original show was called “How I Met Your Mother” not How i Met Your Mom. Change the title to “How I Met Your Father”, that just sounds better.

    Spoiler alert. the Father is Barney. The main character in this series is the girl Barney knocks up at the end of the last one.

    • Where it then ends up her dying after 3 years of marriage and him ending up with Quinn or Nora in the end……yeah, pass

  9. I think she was a good choice, but I won’t be watching the show. Don’t care for any of the cast (especially Anders Holm from Workaholics, one of the worst shows on television). After that train wreck of a finale, I don’t trust anything from Craig and Carter.

    • I agree. I don’t mind Holm but that final season was just horrid for me. I don’t mind Ted ending up with Robin but what I did find horrible was they way the final season was set up. The finale made the whole season of the wedding feel like a waste and if Robin was going to be the end result the whole time they could have gone in soo many other routes that would have been a lot better than 48 hours leading up to a wedding that aside from meeting the mother didn’t really have any importance.

    • Workaholics is hilarious.

    • That finale was sad but perfect.
      Anders Holm is awesome. He’s the one actor (besides Meg Ryan) that I’m really acquainted too and now I have even more faith in it.
      9 more seasons, please!

      P.S. Also consider what an awesome achievement it was having every single episode written by two guys and every single episode directed by one woman. Damn good work, team.

  10. We all know HIMYM fans are going to give it a shot, so talking about the “IF” this will work is moot. I’m in, entertain me!

    • Sorry, I was a huge HIMYM fan but after that final season/finale I will not be tuning in. The show is done and over with. Time to move on to other shows

  11. I’ll give the pilot a shot and only watch the first season if it’s better than average.

    If this is set in Manhattan (which is very likely), I expect we’ll see a crossover with some minor characters from HIMYM, some common in-universe things like GNB, the Arcadian and maybe McLaren’s pub.

    And maybe the Dad will end up being Barney, the Mom being #31.

    • HAHAHAHA! This is the greatest theory I have ever read.

    • Yeah, the dad end up being Barney in which they spend 1 whole season on a date between Barney and this female character only to have Barney split at the end and her marry the best friend.